Daniel and Some Super Friends, Seattle Symphony

Daniel and Some Super Friends

Daniel Wilkins wears multiple hats, co-directing the solid youth ensemble Olympic Ballet Theater in Edmonds as well as running his own contemporary group in New York. For this event, everybody is in the same time zone—along with Edmonds-based visual artist James Martin—for Out of the Dust (Selfick Ng-Simancas and Maika Misumi are pictured), acting out characters and relationships they stumble across in an attic full of books. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds, 425-672-7758. $10. 7:30 p.m. Fri. June 17-Sat. June 18. SANDRA KURTZ

Seattle Symphony

With its inclusion in his 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick raised the opening of Richard Strauss' 1896 tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra to the status of sonic icon. That slow rising C-G-C on the trumpet and those startling major-then-minor full-orchestra chords are now as recognizable as, say, the openings of Beethoven's Fifth or the "Hallelujah" Chorus (even if everyone only remembers the film's title and not the piece's). But the last time I saw 2001, it struck me how ineffectively Kubrick uses the music: he just plops in the same 90-second chunk of it three times during the film, spoiling the one moment when it really works (the scene with the ape picking up a bone and going nuts). This weekend, Gerard Schwarz conducts the Strauss (all of it), plus music by Hindemith and Arvo Pärt (Lamentate in its U.S. premiere). Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, 206-215-4747. $15-$85. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. June 16; 1 p.m. Fri. June 17; 8 p.m. Sat. June 18; 2 p.m. Sun. June 19 (no Pärt). GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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